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Hearing-aid intervention helps individuals gradually adjust to devices

January 19, 2015 - 11:00pm
(University of Missouri-Columbia) When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years. Ambient noises can be painful, irritating and difficult to ignore, causing some individuals to stop using their hearing aids right away. A University of Missouri researcher has developed an intervention that helps older adults gradually increase their hearing-aid use and satisfaction with the devices.

Small quakes felt in northeast Coachella Valley

January 18, 2015 - 12:39pm

An earthquake with a magnitude 3.7 struck about five miles northeast of Borrego Springs at 5:23 a.m., according to preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey. People in north Indio and La Quinta reported hearing it before feeling a small shaking.

Early morning 'boom' shocks Swindon residents

January 16, 2015 - 9:08am

One Old Town woman said she climbed into her loft to check that the boiler hadn't burst after hearing the noise at just before 6.30am and others called the Adver offices to ask what had happened. Wiltshire Police said they received three calls at a similar time asking about the noise but nothing suspicious was being investigated.

Audiologists help set the stage for better theater sound experience

January 16, 2015 - 7:20am
As the lights dim, a low rumble can be heard advancing from the front of the theater to the back as the powerful bass speakers kick on. Theaters tune their sound systems to be physically felt by theatergoers to draw them into the experience, but for individuals with hearing loss this can be more alienating than inclusive.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Coast Of Northern California Near Ferndale

January 15, 2015 - 1:57am

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Music Festival Linked to Party Drugs in Waterways

January 14, 2015 - 6:05pm
Drugs likes ecstasy that people take at music festivals may leave a mark on the local waterways.

Understanding Earth by Eavesdropping on Urban Noise

January 14, 2015 - 2:58pm
Researchers are tuning in to urban seismic noise, the man-made signals from human activity, to view geologic structures and track the rhythms of cities.

Levels of 'Molly,' aka ecstasy, spike in rivers near music festival

January 14, 2015 - 9:17am
The illicit drug called 'Molly' or ecstasy is a serious concern for parents, law enforcement and now for environmentalists. Scientists report that a major music festival in Taiwan coincides with a spike in the drug's levels in nearby rivers. Not only does this highlight drug abuse at the concert, but the scientists say it also focuses attention on potential effects the substance could have on aquatic life.

Levels of 'Molly,' aka ecstasy, spike in rivers near music festival

January 14, 2015 - 9:15am
The illicit drug called "Molly" or ecstasy is a serious concern for parents, law enforcement and now for environmentalists. Scientists report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology that a major music festival in Taiwan coincides with a spike in the drug's levels in nearby rivers. Not only does this highlight drug abuse at the concert, but the scientists say it also focuses attention on potential effects the substance could have on aquatic life.

The sound of chirping birds in the control center

January 14, 2015 - 8:15am
When the alarm light starts blinking in the control room of a factory, the problem has already occurred. Computer scientists at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University and the University of Vienna have developed a method that allows control room staff to monitor several processes at the same time, which enables them to take preventative action. The trick: processes are coded with sounds. Workers hear, for example, whether there is enough material on the conveyor belt and can react before the supply is used up.

Early warning alarms while there is still time to prevent problems: The sound of chirping birds in control center

January 14, 2015 - 6:27am
Computer scientists develop a method for monitoring by listening in factories, operating rooms, and postal logistics centres. When the alarm light starts blinking in the control room of a factory, the problem has already occurred. Computer scientists have now developed a method that allows control room staff to monitor several processes at the same time, which enables them to take preventative action. The trick: processes are coded with sounds. Workers hear, for example, whether there is enough material on the conveyor belt and can react before the supply is used up.

Levels of 'Molly,' aka ecstasy, spike in rivers near music festival

January 13, 2015 - 11:00pm
(American Chemical Society) The illicit drug called 'Molly' or ecstasy is a serious concern for parents, law enforcement and now for environmentalists. Scientists report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology that a major music festival in Taiwan coincides with a spike in the drug's levels in nearby rivers. Not only does this highlight drug abuse at the concert, but the scientists say it also focuses attention on potential effects the substance could have on aquatic life.

Clinical physiologists must be properly regulated to protect patients

January 13, 2015 - 7:43pm
Clinical physiologists must be properly regulated to ensure patient safety, argues an expert. Clinical physiologists are the health professionals who check that medical devices such as pacemakers and hearing aids are working.

How well can information be stored from the beginning to the end of time?

January 13, 2015 - 8:20am
(Phys.org)—Information can never be stored perfectly. Whether on a CD, a hard disk drive, or a piece of papyrus, technological imperfections create noise that limits the preservation of information over time. But even if you had a perfect storage medium with zero imperfections, there would still be fundamental limits placed on information storage due to the laws of physics that govern the evolution of the universe ever since the Big Bang. But what exactly these fundamental limits are is still unclear.

Spotify rockets to 15 million paying users

January 13, 2015 - 5:34am
Swedish music streaming provider Spotify says it has 15 million paying subscribers, boosting claims that its revolutionary and controversial model can work.

Detection thresholds drop with low noise quantum cascade laser driver

January 12, 2015 - 11:00pm
(Wavelength Electronics, Inc.) Electronic noise from Quantum Cascade Laser drivers has long limited the detection threshold of chemical sensors. No longer. Patented low noise technology is now available to both researchers and developers. Wavelength Electronics introduces the QCL LAB family of instruments that couple an intuitive touchscreen display with low noise drive electronics that have a proven track record of dropping detection thresholds up to an order of magnitude.

Family income, child behavior factors in legal disputes about kids with autism

January 12, 2015 - 5:13pm
A national survey of parents of kids with autism indicates these families with higher incomes are more likely to use their procedural safeguards -- including mediation and due process hearings -- to solve disputes with schools over their children's education.

Small earthquake confirmed in Connecticut, Rhode Island

January 12, 2015 - 8:19am

Residents in Plainfield and Danielson in eastern Connecticut say a rumbling noise was heard shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday. The U.S. Geological Survey said areas affected by the earthquake Monday were Plainfield, Killingly and Norwich in Connecticut, and Coventry and Providence in Rhode Island Last Thursday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.0 to 2.2 was felt in Plainfield.

Is arrhythmia at the heart of Beethoven's music?

January 9, 2015 - 11:30pm
Whether or not music stirs inside, each of us bears a living metronome at our core. It may tick at 40 or 100 beats per minute, in three-quarter time or in six-eight, erratically or like a Swiss clock. The human heart quietly marks the rhythm of our lives.

Mysterious booms rattle homes, scare livestock in Oklahoma

January 9, 2015 - 6:15pm

A spate of mysterious booms that has been shaking central Oklahoma returned for a second day Friday, again rattling houses and frightening livestock. Oklahoma Geological Survey research seismologist Austin Holland said a series of booms, much like a sonic boom, rattled the Norman area starting at 11:19 a.m. Friday.